This title was reviewed on Nintendo Switch, but is also available on PC.
Box Align is a charming little 3D puzzle game developed by Kasulo Game Studio. The aim of the game is to destroy all the boxes on the screen by making lines of three or more of the same colour. If you make a wrong move, or if there are any leftover boxes at the end, then the puzzle resets. As you go through the levels, special boxes are introduced that the player must work around. The powers of these special boxes are pretty standard; some are locked in place, others can be used as any colour, others have to be ‘unlocked’ by one use and then only disappear with a second.
The puzzles themselves vary in difficulty, and while I found some were quite simple to solve others took me longer than I really want to admit. Box Align balances accessibility and challenging gameplay really well, and I found myself getting hooked on solving just one more puzzle, every puzzle.
Visually, Box Align is a sleek, clean looking 3D puzzle game. The textures used for the different cubes are simplistic, but offer a modern, minimalist feel to the puzzle that works well. The light and reflection of the puzzle is understated, but helps the game feel a bit more grounded than some other, similar, puzzle games – the puzzles look like they’re actually sitting on a solid surface rather than floating in space. It’s not a huge thing, but it certainly helps with the sleek look and adds just a little bit more interest to look at. The camera angle is adjustable, which is helpful in actually getting a good look at the entirety of the puzzle and in trying to work out how to solve it.
The background music in Box Align is actually really nice: it’s very zen, very soothing and I’ve found that I quite enjoy playing this game just before bed as it’s a surprisingly good way of just zoning out and relaxing. The sound effects are minimal but done well, the only sounds being that of the gentle thunk of boxes being placed and the chime that plays when you manage to match three of a kind and they disappear. All up, the soundscape here is fittingly minimalist but also relaxing enough to offset any frustration that might occur when facing a level that you can’t immediately solve.
All up, Box Align is a decent little game that doesn’t try to get fancy. Instead, it keeps the gameplay, visual design, and even sound design minimalistic and clean – and these design choices work. If you’re a fan of puzzle games or if you’ve ever wanted to give them a try, then Box Align is definitely one to look at – the gameplay is accessible while still at times presenting a worthwhile challenge.